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, this is the journal. >> here's a look at what's coming up. >> the u.s. heading towards its fiscal cliff. the president reaching out to congress. >> the german parliament passes a disputed child care benefit. >> the day of the wall came down. evens that changed everything. >> in less than two months, the u.s. will enter the perfect economic storm known as the fiscal cliff. a combination of tax increases and budget cuts could send the united states back into recession. >> barack obama back at work after his election reached out with republicans today saying he wants to reach a solution but only f the ridges are asked to give more. >> i'm open to compromise. i'm open to new ideas. i'm committed to solving our fiscal challenge, but i refuse to accept any approach that is not balanced. i'm not going to ask students and seniors, middle-class families, to pay down the entire deficit while people like me, making over $250,000, are not asked to pay one dime more in taxes. i'm not going to do that. "the very clear word from the newly elected president. what do you think? you have the president inviting congress
covering the congress. he told us more about the main players in china's transition of power. >> reporter: we've got an idea who will head up china's next generation of leaders. we've heard their names before, xi jinping and li keqiang. and we'll be hearing them for years to come. they'll be chosen for top communist party posts next week and unveiled to the world. analysts say xi will become general secretary, taking over for president hu jintao. chinese vice president xi jinping is 59 years old. communist party leaders named xi vice chairman of the central commission in 2010. xi's taken an active role in diploma city as well as domestic affairs. >> xi jinping's pather was a vice premier, so xi became part of china's informal princeling network. princelings gain power by taking advantage of their parents and status and ties to influential fingers. but xi didn't have it easy. authorities ousted his father and jailed him during the cultural revolution. xi was forced to work in the countryside as a teenager. he went to a prestigious university in beijing from 1975 to 1979. and then he spent
. >>> glad to have you with us on this edition of "newsline." asia pacific leaders set their sights on an ambition goal, creating a trading block with an output of $20 trillion. a total population of about 3.4 billion people. the leaders of 16 countries have agreed to start negotiations in the new year. the heads of the association of southeast asian nations met in cambodia's capital. the leaders of six regional partners including japan, china, and india joined them at the summit. they issued a joint kmun ka that said they hope to reach agreement by the end of 2015. leader from japan, china, and south korea agreed to start talking on a free trade agreement of their own. they said they would put aside the territorial disputes between japan and the two other nations. japanese officials want to ease restrictions to give them more access to their neighbor's economies. chinese and south korean officials have already begun talks on a free trade deal between their countries. now negotiators involved in discussions for another free trade zone in the asia pacific say they hope to conclude an
. >>> the leaders of asia's top economies want to work out a free trade agreement. ramin mellegard joins us from the business desk. there are so many trade negotiations going on worldwide. what are the details in this case? >> catherine, representatives of japan, china, and south korea are trying to get together this month to talk about starting negotiations for a free trade pact. the countries have agreed there are benefits to strengthening economic ties as the move towards free trade accelerates worldwide. leaders of the three countries had agreed in may that they would begin the trade negotiations by the end of this year. been made in working-level meetings but prospects for the talks were unclear in the shadow of the japan/china territory i am dispute over islands in the east china sea. the official launch of fta talks is now expected to get the green light. on the sidelines of the east asia summit in cambodia on november 20th. >>> u.s. president barack obama declared his intention to raise taxes on wealthy americans. he says he wants to discuss this openly with republicans who control the h
>>> hello, here in tokyo and you're watching "asia 7 days." thanks for joining us. let's get right to the news. american voters have chosen barack obama as their leader for another four years. asian heads of state were quick to offer their congratulations, but the u.s. faces hurdles to remain an active player in the fast-growing region. in his first term, obama shifted u.s. foreign policy toward the asia pacific, an area notable for its rapid economic expansion. enthusiasm over obama's reelection rippled through the region. students at an elementary school in the indonesian capital jakarta cheered loudly. obama attended the school when he was in the third grade. japanese prime minister yoshihiko noda contacted the president and pledged his cooperation. u.s. and japan have the opportunity to improve ties, especially since relations between japan and china have soured over the senkaku islands conflict in the east china sea. south korean president lee myung-bak said he's sure the u.s. and south korea will continue to develop their alliance. australia is another key ally in the region.
's no way for us to gauge how corrupt the system is, the party is there. basically, he is telling people -- get things in order behind closed doors or else the whole thing is going to blow up. >> possibly, yes. what china's leadership has learned is that tiny little events may have a major impact internationally but also in certain countries. look at northern africa and egypt, tunisia. they have studied these processes very intensely, and they know -- they have roughly 100,000 incidents of social unrest a year. >> what do we expect -- what are you expecting from the new leadership in terms of foreign policy? >> mostly a continuation of policies as we have seen the mayan past. china's major priority to stability in as regional environment but also globally. china needs stability in order to promote economic policies. >> thank you very much for coming in to talk with us. >> you are welcome. >> we will also have a look at the politically sensitive topic of rich and poor in china, a gap that has widened over the past 10 years, coming a little bit later in the program. moving on to syria -- "
say they will not accept it. should he go for it, they will boycott. weather they use violence of diplomatic means, they are always in a very difficult situation. things are not moving ahead, and it is a very volatile situation. you mentioned the war on syria. egypt is going in a very difficult direction. it is a quagmire, and you have to be careful the whole region does not explode. >> thank you so much for joining us here in studio. >> france's new prime minister has made his first official visit to germany, holding talks with german chancellor. at the top of the agenda was stagnant economic growth in france and europe generally. >> he told reporters that france remain committed to keeping greece in the eurozone and said it was in the interests of all eurozone countries to show solidarity with debt-stricken member states. for more on this now, we're joined from our parliamentary studiosy our political correspondent. there's been an awful lot of talk about deteriorating franco- german relations recently. what can you say after this visit? >> for the last six months, there has
are bringing us onto the streets. they are stealing our salaries. we do not have any rights anymore. >> hundreds of flights have been canceled across europe. in the portuguese capital, lisbon, many face long waits with nearly half of all flights canceled. >> we arrived at 9:00 in the morning, and we have to wait until 9:00 in the evening. public transport is not working, either, so we are stuck. it is a shame. >> access to ferry service has also been blocked. >> we are witnessing the biggest strike portugal has ever seen. it also has a special significance because it is the first time spanish and portuguese workers are conducting a strike on the very same day. >> strikes are under way in greece, italy, and france, and railway workers in belgium have also walked off the job for 24 hours, affecting both domestic and international services. >> let's go live down to spain now. miles thompson joins us on the line from madrid. what is the latest? >> well, there have been a number of demonstrators, but at the moment, i am on the streets, and it is relatively quiet. as a whole, there were m
effort. >> it will be the first loan in almost 26 years. they will use it to refurbish a power plant. they plan to invest in the commercial economic zone. japan's government will extend the loans in february of next year. they promise to make the country more attractive to foreign investors. >>> expecters in japan are hoping they will be able to shift more of their products to neighboring countries. exporters need any help they can get. >> not only that they are struggling against trade barriers and they are hoping one may be on the way because japan and south china will start trade talks. trade officials from the nations will meet on the sidelines. the delegates are japan strait minister, china's commerce minister and trade negotiator. the ministers agreed in may during talks in beijing to begin negotiations by year end. it took them a while to deliver on their promise due to disputes between japan and the two neighbors. japanese leaders are aiming to build on the fda talks to improve ties with china and south korea. the ten member association of southeast asian nations including ja
ace chung leave for the united states in may. he using the internet mostly for his activism. >> translator: the communist party is the biggest violator of the rights of the chinese people. >> reporter: however, his activities are monitored closely. and he continues to be harassed. one time he was attacked by police agents as he left his house. another time he found the tires of his car had been flattened. his wife is also an activist. in this video she's being obstructed as they leave the house. the harassment has extended to the whole family. the situation got so bad that his wife left for hong kong in september together with their daughter who was 4 at the time. they were worried that they were no longer safe in beijing. >> translator: i'm happy that my wife and daughter will be somewhere that's safe and free. but i'm really going to miss them. >> reporter: eleven days after they left on september 18th, hu was placed under house arrest. a week later on october 25th, ahead of the communist party congress hu was moved to a province 1,200 kilometers south of beijing. the auth
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